12 Eye Shadow Palettes to Elevate Your Beauty Game

So you've mastered your eyeliner, and your lip color is always on point. But how's your eye shadow? These palettes are here to help.

Eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick may require a little practice to master, but they are pretty simple in principle: draw along the edges of your eyelids, coat your lashes, trace your lips. But eye shadow? Applying eye shadow is the makeup equivalent of making impressionist paintings, except that your canvas is about the size of your thumb. Choosing which colors go where (even choosing which colors to use at all) can be pretty daunting, which explains the popularity of eye shadow palettes: a smoky eye is bound to be easier to achieve when you're given a predetermined selection of shades. Wondering which palette to invest in? We have a few ideas! Bonus: none of these palettes were tested on animals.

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Cover Your Bases

A palette with 28 shades may seem like too much, but this one has a selection of neutral, warm, and cool tones, which means you have options for really any look you want to try. If you're still figuring out which shades work best for you (or just want to experiment), this is a great place to start.

28 Essential Eyes Palette by bh cosmetics, $20, urbanoutfitters.com.
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Better Than a Box of Chocolates

If the heart shapes of the shadows in this palette don't already make it a winner, the easy neutral tones and fun, bright colors also smell like chocolate. Need we say more?

Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Collection, $49, toofaced.com.
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Carefully Curated

This convenient palette limits your color options to pinks and browns, ensuring any combination of the tones will look good together. Plus, this fail-safe compact also provides you with some compatible blushes, for a completely pulled-together look.

Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette, $40, tarte.com.
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Staples That Shine

If you want to stay conservative in your color choice but still want to add some serious shine factor, this is the palette for you.

10-Pan Studio Eyeshadow Palette, $7, wetnwild.com.
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Don't Be Afraid of a Little Color

Then again, if you want to introduce some serious pops of color into your look, consider this bright selection. Add these vivid hues to your daily routine for a more daring look, or just break it out on weekends.

Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette, $18, nyxcosmetics.com.

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Perfectly Pastel

Maybe you want to try colorful shades but want a more subtle approach. This simple palette offers pared-down pastels in pretty, dusty hues.

Fruit Pigmented Mermaid Palette, $45, 100percentpure.com.
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Muted but Not Mute

If your eye shadow style tends toward the minimal and you like to stick to the same tried-and-true hues, this Stila tray has you covered. The limited palette has fewer colors, but larger quantities of each, meaning that you get more of your favorites.

Eyes Are The Window Palette in Spirit, $49, stilacosmetics.com.
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Dripping with Jewels

These jewel tones are rich, bold, and ready to make a statement. It's the palette you'll reach for when you want to add a little playful sophistication to your evening makeup routine.

Serpentina Eyeshadow Palette by Kat Von D, $45, sephora.com.
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Heat Up

If you gravitate toward warm colors, you will love the reds, oranges, and pinks that rule this palette.

Modern Renaissance Palette, $42, anastasiabeverlyhills.com.
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Cool Off

If blues and purples are more your style, try this palette for the chilliest shadows around.

Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner, $12, physiciansformula.com.

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